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#1 OFFLINE   lateapex

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 05:33 AM

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This thing is EASY to make and cheap. I often say things are easy to make, and I have a sneaky suspicion that people think I am a liar, so here we go again, lol.

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Main components. The cork is just used to stiffen up the plastic walls a bit, but anything can be used really, like wood. The walls cost something like 4 euros per sheet (made by greenstuffworld, bought on ebay)  and I used two. They are almost A4 and scale is fine for 1/18. Paints are Vallejo Rust Texture, Vallejo Mud and Grass, Vallejo aged white and Citadel Nuln Oil (black wash). Leaves from Greenstuffworld, tufts from Green Line and the greener leaves are made by Joefix. The wood sticks used are coffee stirring sticks that I stole from a gas station (paid for the coffee though!).

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These walls are super thin embossed plastic (easy to cut and glue) and the only products used on them is Vallejo Rust texture and Vallejo aged white. So first figure out size and glue to the backing/stiffening medium (cork boards in my case) and paint lying down.

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This is Vallejo Rust texture, just painted on with a brush with no special care taken. Some places its thicker, some places thinner so the lighter colour of the plastic shows through. That is fine, you want that randomness. This is painted on straight from the jar.

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It dries super matte and the reason I use this product is the sandy texture you get once dry. The paint actually has sand like particles in it. Looks a bit like poo, I guess. Posted Image

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Then I water down Vallejo Aged white until its like skimmed milk or so, and just paint that on with a brush, again no special care, just cover the area. If too much white rests on the raised bricks just drop some water on with the brush. Watering down gives you a lot of time to fix and adjust. I want it mostly in the mortar areas, but also some on the bricks. Btw, this is just an example, I do whole sections at once but forgot to take pictures. It also look better if some areas are wetter than others, randomness is good with stuff like this. Unless you are making a brand new wall.

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Almost dry, and you get a lot of detail with next to zero effort.

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For tarmac I use some kind of roof tile stuff that actually looks pretty good out of the "box". I guess this stuff is easy to find in Home Depot and stores like that. This is just a small piece I cut off, the one I used is something like 60x50 cm.

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The only real problem with this stuff is that the base the small rocks are glued to is glossy, seen here as white reflections. Cant have glossy tarmac.

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So what I did was to glue the "tarmac" to the side panel from an old computer case (for no other reason than size and strength was perfect) with normal wood glue, then sprinkle fine sand from a playground here and there, turn if upside down so the excess falls off and then seal it all with a few coats of Tamiya matte clear.

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I used the coffee stirring sticks to mask the edges of the plastic walls, but they look too nice and generic without some paint.

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Here I used Citadel Nuln Oil, the bottom part is straight from the bottle (too dark) the top part is watered down something like 50/50. Again just painted on with a brush, a nice and easy way to bring out the detail in the wood. Painting sections with one mix and then quickly (dries very fast on wood) some more water in others gives randomness.

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Here is one of the sticks glued on, covering the gap between the two walls.

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After gluing the walls to the tarmac (with white glue/wood glue) I first stabbed some Vallejo Dirt and grass along the edge with a brush. It looks like this straight from the jar. Then the tufts got glued down and leaves sprinkled over.

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Thats it, really.

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In natural light outside, although also a phone pic.

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 06:06 AM

Great tutorial, and what a nice pic at the end, this model is killer!

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 08:24 AM

Looks great and sounds so easy when you explain how you did it!
Nevertheless I'm pretty sure that one needs a lot of practice to come to a super-realistic result like you... :nice:

Thanks for sharing, Frederic!!! :rock:

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 08:31 AM

It looks superb, great job!

Thanks for the tutorial :)

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 08:54 AM

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 09:18 AM

Thanks, peeps!

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 09:39 AM

Great tips. And very tempting to do, as my plain cupboards are getting boring :drool5:
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Posted 02 September 2018 - 02:54 PM

Fantastic result,very realistic,i love it and thanks for showing us. :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :rock: :yahoo: :occasion14:

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 05:49 PM

You're right, you are such a liar! LOL!!
Great little tutorial here and some decent tips for anyone and everyone alike :)
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Posted 02 September 2018 - 06:49 PM

Excellent work!! :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:  I'm also starting a new one soon in a similar vain, but now, I might have to change that yup a bit. :nice:  That looks GREAT! :occasion14:

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 04:23 PM

Thanks for the tutorial. Makes me want to try.
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:48 PM

Great job. Posted Image Thanks for the tutorial. Posted Image

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Posted 26 May 2020 - 07:18 AM

Fantastic work!!!



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